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23 merry things for your December!

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This time I am sending you into the last month of the year. 2020 is close of being over and even so we have no idea what 2021 will bring, I am assuming everyone’s expectations are rather low. Therefore, it will be good! It has to be!

Over here, I did not manage to get this list out on the last Friday of the month as I am usually aiming for. But… just in time to start December – tomorrow- all merry, jolly and inspired.

Below, my finds, bookmarks and everything `I want to share with you. Full of gift ideas, beautiful things… and more.

Enjoy, have a wonderful festive time and remember: Love is the answer.

 

chunky knit blanket
Cosy Christmas Days with these chunky blankets in various sizes and colours!

Part puzzle, part immersive diorama construction kit

 

oyoyoyoy
OYOY has some lovely new items in their collection. Sweet tapestry, rugs, table ware…

THAT colour. I am in love. And so perfect for a cool festive outfit and that you will wear many times in 2021. Guaranteed!

 

wooden beads garland
A different, and oh so pretty, kind of garland. Love it! Very Scandinavian Christmas!

Fabulabox concept allows children to create their own streetscapes and cities from panels that can be easily assembled and disassembled.

 

simple folk 2

simple folk
The Simple Folk.

For my teenage daughter I got a few cute beauty products for Christmas, like this amazing body butter.

 

wooden christmas baubles
Wooden baubles* beautifully hand painted.

Goorin Bros!

 

vintage kids room
Cool vintage kids room.

Treat yourself mamas!

 

BATMM+Cover
Reading in December: Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters

Handmade robe bowls* for fruits, accessories, toys…

 

rainbow crochet baby blanket pattern
How about taking up crochet over the holidays? And make this gorgeous rainbow baby blanket*?

Three great baby fashion brands!

 

modern kids roommodern kids room
Sculptural shifts in ceiling heights with clever spatial proportions!
The absolute best workout leggings, especially for running are these. I love them and never wear anything else when doing my laps.

 

bunk bed self made
Loving the colourful stairs going up to the uber cool bunk bed. Family home in Denmark.

And another very cool family space in Paris.

 

linen dress girl
Handmade, sustainable children’s clothing*. Lovely linen dresses, rompers and accessories.

Fantastic prints, posters, postcards and more from various London neighbourhoods. Gorgeous illustrations* that make wonderful gifts!

 

book filled living room

scandi kids room
A room filled with books and a kids room with a view. I am moving in!

 

Sweet wishes from London to wherever you are…

 

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An airy and light filled Family Home with lots of natural ingredients

Alexandrena Parker home

I am a big fan of Alexandrena’s work and so happy to get a peek into her stunning home.It is so bright and airy and yet looks so inviting and comfortable.

Alexandrena lives here together with her husband Michael and daughter Ruby. A house that used to be a post office and a house that at the time of purchasing had no kitchen or bathroom.

Luckily Michael is a carpenter and was able to undertake the renovations himself. Including adding a 30 sqm extension, building extra walls, and little Ruby’s bedroom. The couple managed to keep elements of the original property, such as the hallway, flooring and windows.

Let’s go on a tour and start with the children’s room, that has a little romantic touch:

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
Vintage furniture, cute wallpaper, beautiful bedding and net curtains to add some softness. A magical and playful universe!

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
Ruby even has a little ‘villa’ in the garden. I am sure it made the last months of lockdown in Australia a little easier.

 

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
So crisp and clean. A very Scandinavian inspired interior design but with its own charm and atmosphere. Beautiful!

I am still hoping to have a project like this one day. Maybe not a complete makeover with extensions and building bathrooms. But a place that we can just make our very own. Dream!

 

More inspiration from Down Under:

 

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A contemporary, minimal family home with layers of different textures

minimal family home

This modern family home really takes me a little bit out of London in November. And right into a bit of a vacation feel with blue skies and crisp outdoor living!

We are in Perth today and visit the home of Erica Zuccala and her husband Peter, together with their children Aniela and Dominic. In a temporary family home that uses lots of white and materials like leather, timber, stone and metals to achieve a raw style.

What makes this place so great is the mix of grey concrete and matte black accents clashing with woven pendants, textured rugs, and soft furnishings to add warmth to the interior.

So inspiring!

And, as usual, we will start the home tour with the children’s rooms:

boho girls room

boho girls room

boho girls room

boho girls room
Cute boho room for a girl! And the wallpaper is another great way to soften the raw look of the house.

If you are looking for similar wall hangings – please have a look at this beautiful online shop*.

 

boho girls room

‘I’d describe my personal interior style as contemporary, minimal with a touch of texture. I love using different finishes in my furniture and home. Concrete rendered walls, raw timbers, lots of greenery to keep things fresh. And muted colour tones make an appearance. We have a lot of white walls so I include warming details to tone down the starkness.’ Erica says about her home

Now, let’s have a look at the rest of the house:

minimal family home

minimal family home

minimal family home
Indeed, plants really give this place something fresh and natural. And I totally agree with Erica – plants are a must in every home. They just add such a great atmoshphere and dimension.

More family interiors from Down Under?

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Space saving storage solutions for tiny children’s rooms

Space saving storage solutions for tiny children's rooms

Tell me, how often were you thinking about moving to a place with more space over the last months? Probably more than once.

But you are still in the same spot? Moving into a bigger home is not always the first solution. Because of friends, the school your child is loving so much, the commute you may have to do again one day, and other factors. They all make you want to look into space-saving solutions instead of moving.

And figuring out lovely and practical storage ideas for your kids’ rooms can be a challenge. The confrontation of making the most of toys and kids stuff can be called a design challenge. That is why I am sharing some space-saving storage solutions for tiny children’s rooms with you today.

You probably did some de-cluttering already during one of the rainy weekends. And that is a great starting point to get the storage situation off the ground. Kids room storage solutions will help you to maximise floor space for play and to give the most beautiful things room to shine.

Here are great as well as practical storage solutions for your kids’ rooms that you can re-create in your own home straight away:

simple-kids-room
Image: Minishow

Keep it Simple

The beginning of a good and organised room is a simple layout. Bright, neutral colours will open up any small space and make it more welcoming. Do not overthink and over-design, but make sure it is functional for a child. And what does it really need? Keep storage containers low and easy to access. And give everything a dedicated spot to make it easy to get tidied up.

 
kids room shelves
Image: Rafa Kids

Shelves

Shelves are excellent for displaying your child’s most beautiful possessions. Be careful: Too many open shelves can make a room feel chaotic. It is better to use some great, coordinating boxes and containers on shelves to unify the look, or use shelves with doors.

Low shelves are easily accessible and great for toys that are played with often. Alternative book storage comes in the form of picture ledges, which are fun to line a little reading nook with.

Here are 8 ideas for children’s bookshelves!

 

multifunctional furniture
Image: Cuckooland

Invest in multifunctional furniture

Every little thing can make a big difference in a small room. And some pieces of furniture can actually do several jobs. A desk can be a bedside table and a stool can include a storage function for example.
A bunk bed is the best space saving thing there is for shared rooms. But, not only. It can also be very useful for small rooms in general. Underneath you can create a desk area or play corner, creating more free space for the rest of the room. Elevated beds with built-in storage are excellent as well.

Great children workspaces

 
kids room storage solutions
Image: Apartment Therapy

Make the most of the height of the room

All you want in a kids room is to have some floor space so the little ones can play. Remeber the first points about keeping your room simple and investing in multifunctional furniture. Now: We go up!
Put shelves all the way up the wall, there is always something you do not need every day and can be stored on the top.
However, keep things simple here as well. And do not overload your shelves or the room will look cramped and unorganised, not something your child will feel inspired in.

More storage ideas for children’s rooms

 

under window seat and storage kids
Image: Project Nursery

Dual utility

Window seats perfectly utilise the small space underneath a window and offer seating. Now how about combing that with some storage space? A wall-to-wall window seat doubles as an easy-access bookshelf and is looking neat.

5 smart ideas for small children’s rooms

 

woven baskets toy storage
Image: Studio McGee

Baskets, boxes & co

Woven baskets can be a great way to keep a variety of toys or books in order. They also look fabulous and add texture and warmth to a room. Alternatively, there is often room for a toy box or trunk at the end of the bed and could be used as a chair or table sometimes as well. And a child-sized clothing rail is a fun way of storing and displaying dress-up items.

Have fun organising!

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30 incredible things for your November!

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Yes! 30 incredible things I have for you. Things that have been waiting for you and that I am so happy to finally share.

This week I realised that the upcoming months may be not as easy and nonchalant as I hoped and wished they would be. Little Josephine will be home for an extra week because of a positive Covid case. And that really was the eye opener how quick things can change.

How quick we are housebound and have to change plans. And even so these plans were nothing spectacular seeing the circumstances, they still were something we were all looking forward to.

Now, lets keep the chin up and hope for the best and make the best out of every day. And pssst, I already included some gift ideas for the upcoming festive season. Enjoy!

With a little help, well 30 little helpers, right here:

 

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen
Creative and colourful family apartment in Copenhagen. Such a fun kids room.

 

What is an algorithm? Mashable

 

hand painted candles
The most gorgeous candles! Hand painted!

 

Just the best beanies* for this winter.

 

embroidered flowers name hoops

kids room wall tapestry

lion head kids room decor

kids room wall tapestry
Gift ideas: I should have given a full article to Katharina’s designs*. But I only realised that when I put together this list. And then I just really wanted to share this with you. Wall tapestry, beautiful name hoops embroidered with dried flowers or a sweet lion. Love it all!

 

A very real Kate Winslet. Great interview!

 

the problem with pierre

the pocket chaotic
Books:
The problem with Pierre
A fussy cat ruffles the feathers of two neighbours who couldn’t be more different…

The pocket chaotic
Alexander’s mum keeps putting stuff in her pocket… and it’s driving him CRAZY!

 

Oh yes, I watched Selling Sunset. First for the properties… and then for the very light entertainment.

 

modern barcelona apartment
Dream house in Barcelona! Look at those windows and floors – extraordinary.

 

Lego X Adidas

 

interior fairy lights
Short days. dark days, gloomy days – add some sparkle to your home and give yourself a little boost. Cosy and inviting and such a great selection of lights* for all corners of your house.

 

Another proof that avocado is the best!

 

schneid studio
Schneid Studio!

 

21 daily podcasts for your morning routine.

 

dollhouse suitcase
Gift idea: Dollhouse suitcases*. To carry around and bring wherever you go!

 

Are you, or your kids, eating vitamin gummies?

 

aga kitchen
An amazing Victorian house in Kent with a Scandinavian touch and so many great details and elements.

 

Let the kids be in charge!

 

artipoppe baby carrier
Artipoppe is not just a baby carrier — it’s a lifestyle that unites women, inspiring them to trust their instincts and embrace imperfections.

 

I am a fan of rosehip oil. And you?
Find out what it does to your skin.

 

hamimi-crocheted-pendant-light
For your own wishlist: These crochet pendant lamp shades* will give every room a special feel!

 

Wedding dress* envy!

 

stars moon mobile
Stars & Moon mobile*!

 

Gift idea for your best friend: Hand-crafted wooden home wares and jewelry*.

 

personalised christmas stocking
And to finish, I am going A L L Christmas! Personalised Christmas stockings*.

 

This little owl woodland print* is the cutest. And so perfect for this season!

 

Have a great weekend, enjoy a quiet Halloween, and stay healthy!

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